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Decrypt files encrypted with the Mango Ransomware Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$400
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Some files have been encrypted with the Mango variation of the Phobos ransomware. We need them decrypted.

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SCADA Penetration Testing Hourly ‐ Posted 7 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are looking for a hands-on penetration tester with experience in Industrial Control Systems (ICS)/ Operational Technology (OT).…

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Recover my yahoo account Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 days ago

$50
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Dear Upworkers, I accidently deleted my yahoo account. This job is to recover my yahoo account , please send a pro…

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iPhone Hacking Specialist Hourly ‐ Posted 5 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are seeking an experienced iPhone Hacking Specialist to assist us with a project involving the hacking of an iPhone. The successful…

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PDF Password Removal Hourly ‐ Posted 5 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled professional who can assist us in removing passwords from PDF files. The ideal candidate should have exper…

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Ethical Hacker Required- Urgent Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$20
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

I need an ethical hacker or network security penetrating expert who can bypass social media platform firewall. Rest the details will be…

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Snapchat Account Recovery Specialist Hourly ‐ Posted 6 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are seeking a skilled Snapchat Account Recovery Specialist to help us recover a Snapchat account for which we only have the username…

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Ethical hacker for my bug bounty project Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 days ago

$500
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

i need a ethical hacker for my project of finding bug and crack something

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Roblox Account Recovery Specialist Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 days ago

$40
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled hacker who specializes in Roblox account recovery. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience and…

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Facebook Account Recovery Hourly ‐ Posted 5 days ago

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Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience level

My Facebook profile has been compromised and don't have access to it anymore. To clarify, email which was connected to my profile was…

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How to Become a Freelance Ethical Hacker

Hackers are often viewed as criminals and thieves whose sole purpose is to make life miserable for computer users and network managers. While this is true in many instances, there are ethical hackers, or white-hat hackers/cybersecurity experts, whose sole focus is to prevent malicious hackers from gaining access to computers and networks. If you have a knack for protecting computer networks and identifying online, malware, or technology threats, you may have what it takes to become a freelance ethical hacker.

What does a freelance ethical hacker do?

A freelance ethical hacker is responsible for trying to gain unauthorized access to an organization’s computer network, data, or application. Due to the increase in nefarious data breaches across a number of small and large organizations, ethical hackers are hired as security experts whose sole purpose is to find vulnerabilities in security setups.

Also known as white-hat hackers, these security experts are in great demand, leading to a number of opportunities available for freelance ethical hackers. As an ethical hacker, freelancers are charged by their clients with finding vulnerabilities as well as making recommendations designed to resolve those vulnerabilities and improve a company’s overall security.

When searching for vulnerabilities, freelance ethical hackers will use many of the same methods used by malicious hackers. In fact, some freelance ethical hackers were once malicious hackers who have turned over a new leaf and now use their skills to help organizations prevent network and system breaches.

What skills do I need to become a freelance ethical hacker?

Freelance ethical hackers possess many of the same skills malicious hackers, network specialists, and computer scientists possess. Clients in search of ethical hackers place a premium on certain ethical hacker skills in order to increase insight into their potential vulnerabilities and maximize strategies to resolve them.

Common skills a freelance ethical hacker should possess include:

  • Computer skills. A key skill every ethical hacker should have is the ability to work with computers. Advanced computer and technical skills, including software management and development, familiarity with operating systems and web servers, and system troubleshooting, are essential for anyone looking to identify and resolve security vulnerabilities.
  • Familiarity with computer networking. Computers are rarely used as stand-alone workstations within organizations. In virtually every case, computers are connected to a larger network within a building, across several locations, and even internationally. A freelance ethical hacker must understand the inner workings of computer networks to protect clients’ local and wide area networks from internal and external threats.
  • Programming skills. Capable ethical hackers possess programming skills, as they are often asked to dissect malicious software and develop software solutions designed to protect a company’s computer systems and network.
  • Knowledge of basic computer hardware. Hardware can often be disabled by malicious hackers. Freelance ethical hackers should possess an understanding of how software and hardware work together to provide protection on all fronts.
  • Patience. Identifying and dissecting malicious computer attacks is a tedious job. Ethical hackers must painstakingly review and resolve detailed code, commands, and instructions in order to resolve malicious attacks and restore computer and network functionality. In cases like this, patience is more than a virtue; it’s a necessity.
  • Perseverance. While freelance ethical hackers and clients would love for issues to be identified and resolved immediately, they often require time and tenacity. Ethical hackers must sometimes try different solutions in different ways to finally arrive at one that successfully addresses the security issue.
  • Cryptography skills. Because freelance ethical hackers will be required to make recommendations designed to protect against threats, an understanding of cryptography is essential. Cryptography skills will allow ethical hackers to design protocols and enable the conversion of normal text into nonreadable text. This practice allows computer and network users to confidently share sensitive information while protecting it from third-party adversaries during its transfer.
  • Problem-solving skills. Freelance ethical hackers are in the business of problem-solving. Whether the problem has already occurred or could potentially occur, an ethical hacker should be adept at investigating the issue as well as identifying—and implementing—the right solution.
  • Communication skills. Because freelance ethical hackers work closely with clients and other stakeholders in what is often a very sensitive environment, it’s incumbent upon the freelancers to ensure they communicate clearly and effectively with all team members. Doing so goes a long way in streamlining the problem-solving process and quickly finding solutions to computer vulnerabilities.

What are the core job responsibilities of a freelance ethical hacker?

While clients hiring freelance ethical hackers will list a variety of duties, a number of tasks are common from client to client and job to job.

Several core job duties freelance ethical hackers will be responsible for include:

  • Conduct penetration tests of client websites, web services, APIs, networks, infrastructure, and mobile and IoT devices
  • Provide consultation to technical and non-technical audiences on computer and network remediation options, and guide them through the application of those options
  • Collaborate with IT and operations teams to develop new testing methods
  • Automate testing methods and develop regular reports identifying threats and resolutions
  • Communicate regularly with senior management regarding budgets, selection of mitigation software, and hardware acquisition

Should I get a degree or certification to become a freelance ethical hacker?

In addition to developing your skills, obtaining a degree and/or professional certification can help your Upwork profile stand out. While some freelance ethical hackers may do well without formal education or certification, it’s best to obtain these credentials in order to maximize your opportunities with potential clients.

Popular degrees or certifications helpful to freelance ethical hackers include:

  • An associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in computer science, cybersecurity, networking, or information systems from an accredited college or university
  • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)—offered by GIAC
  • Certified Ethical Hacker—provided by EC-Council

Jump-start your freelance ethical hacker career on Upwork and start looking for your first job. Eager to learn more about freelance ethical hacker jobs on Upwork? Check out this additional resource:

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